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"419" Scam – Advance Fee / Fake Lottery Scam

The so-called "419" scam is a type of fraud dominated by criminals from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Victims of the scam are promised a large amount of money, such as a lottery prize, inheritance, money sitting in some bank account, etc.

Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.

Keep in mind that scammers DO NOT use their real names when defrauding people.
The criminals either abuse names of real people or companies or invent names or addresses.
Any real people or companies mentioned below have NO CONNECTION to the scammers!

Read more about such scams here or in our 419 FAQ. Use the Scam-O-Matic to verify suspect emails.

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Fraud email example:

From: "GRUNNY HOLT" <>
Date: Tue, 26 Sep 2006 04:41:47 +0300

Mr. Grunny Holt,
Director (Bill and Exchange)
Royal Bank of Scotland
London, United Kingdom
26th Sept. 2006


With due respect I have decided to contact you on a business transaction
that will be beneficial to us both. My name is Mr. Grunny Holt a staff of
Royal Bank of Scotland here in London, United Kingdom.

At the bank's last accounts/auditing evaluations, I came across an old
account, which was being maintained by a foreign client name withheld for
security reason.
Who I learnt died December 2001. Since the deceased was unable to run this
account as a result of his death, the account has remained dormant without
the knowledge of his family because the client deposited it in a safe
deposit account at our affiliate bank Finance Investment Ltd London for
future investment. Since his demise, nobody, not even the members of his
family have applied for the claim of this fund and it has been in the safe
deposit account until I discovered it.
The deceased being a foreign national has not helped me to trace any of his
relatives for the past five (5) years.

After these several unsuccessful attempts, I decided to trace his last name
over the Internet, to locate any member of his family hence I contacted you.
As the Head of the dept., I humbly solicit your immediate assistance to
transfer this money out of the bank. The total amount in the account is
(Seven Million Five Hundred Thousand British Pound Stealing only) £ 7,
500.000.00, and with
My position as a staff of the bank, I am handicapped to handle the transfer
of the funds directly because the present code of conduct act of the bank
makes it an offence for me to operate a foreign account and I cannot lay
claim over the fund personally. Once you indicate your good intention to
have this fund in your account, I will present the deceased file before the
desk of all the Executive directors of the Bank, so as to identify you as
the true Next Of Kin to the deceased. I will back up the claim with all
available documents including all the necessary information's and bank
data's to assist you withstand the eligibility in transferring this money to
your bank account or any safe place of your choice where this money can be
successfully transferred to.

For your assistance, 35% of the total amount will be for your effort.
Lastly, I urge you to keep this transaction strictly confidential for our
security reasons while I hope to retire with my own share of this money at
the end of the successful transfer of this fund to your designated bank.

I assure you that this transaction is absolutely risk free since I work in
this bank that is why you should be confident in the success of this
transaction because you will be updated with information as at when desired.
Feel free to contact me through my e-mail

Thanks and remain blessed.
Mr. Grunny Holt

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